Voucher backers to Colorado high court: don’t exclude religious schools

Denver, Colo., Dec 14, 2014 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs has joined several other Christian schools and organizations in a legal brief to support a county voucher program, saying the Colorado Supreme Court should not exclude schools that are “too religious.” “To exclude otherwise qualifying schools based solely on religious criteria is to engage in unconstitutional religious discrimination,” the brief says. “It may also … [Read more...]

Healing and hope: Newtown’s Catholic parish two years after shooting

Newtown, Conn., Dec 14, 2014 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was two years ago that Monsignor Robert Weiss rushed to the scene of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, where nine of his littlest parishioners lost their lives, along with 11 of their schoolmates and six staff members. And although the healing process is far from over, there have been some signs of hope and recovery at St. Rose of Lima parish in the tight-knit community in Newtown, Conn. “The trauma is still certainly … [Read more...]

Pro-life ad group sees unprecedented success in 2014

Austin, Texas, Dec 12, 2014 / 07:09 pm (CNA).- Heroic Media is celebrating their most successful year yet, reporting their pro-life ads have generated more than 360,000 responses, the highest number in the apostolate's ten-year history. “This is more than a number for us – every woman we are able to connect with a pregnancy center means a potential life saved,” Joe Young, vice president of operations at Heroic Media, said in a Dec. 9 statement. Heroic Media is a … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass draws thousands in LA

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 12, 2014 / 11:52 am (CNA).- More than 25,000 people – including many young people – attended an outdoor Mass in Los Angeles honoring the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Scores of young boys dressed as miniature Juan Diegos and little girls donning multi-colored hair ribbons and traditional Mexican-style dresses marched beside Aztec and Matachines dancers, indigenous drummers, mariachi musicians and everyday Catholics along Cesar Chavez Avenue in East … [Read more...]

Congress gets personal as support surges for disabilities act

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Congress got personal at a bipartisan press conference on Thursday, with parents of disabled children sharing their stories to push for a bill that would help some disabled persons save for their expenses. “There’s been a glass ceiling for disability people that's existed in a way they could look through or look out, and they saw something that they were excluded from,” said Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) who has a … [Read more...]

Prisoners of conscience remembered on Human Rights Day

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2014 / 04:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On International Human Rights Day, advocates drew attention to prisoners of conscience around the world who are being detained for their beliefs. “The Defending Freedoms Project is about people who have been detained for who they are, what they believe, and how they have chosen to express their convictions,” said Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, head of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “We must … [Read more...]

Conscience rights for DC religious schools threatened by city vote

Washington D.C., Dec 10, 2014 / 07:10 pm (CNA).- The Washington D.C. city council has stripped religious schools of legal protection against certain discrimination lawsuits, voting unanimously to repeal an exemption that had been in place for decades. Under city rules, it is an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for a school to limit any use of facilities, services, or programs to someone based on “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.” However, an … [Read more...]